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    S. Deiries/ESO
    Comet McNaught over the Pacific Ocean. Image taken from the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in January 2007.

    Comet McNaught, the so-called Great Comet of 2007, has been identified as the biggest comet measured to date, according to scientists, whose calculations were based on the comet's overall influence in space.
    Instead of using the length of the comet's tail to measure the scale of the comet, astronomers used data from the ESA/NASA Ulysses spacecraft to determine the size of the region of space disturbed by the comet's presence a cosmic wake across the solar system.
    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/...ks-scientists/

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    Neat find MM. Thanks

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    • #3
      I'm wondering what the new measuring system will tell us about the other comets that visit us, like Haley's?

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      • #4
        Lets put a rocket motor or two on it and have it impact the earth by intent.

        I think the effect would be a good thing.
        Life is change. Built models for decades.
        Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
        I didn't for a long time either.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by les Brains View Post
          Lets put a rocket motor or two on it and have it impact the earth by intent.

          I think the effect would be a good thing.
          Assuming ground zero to be the White House, absolutely!

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